Reading List

On the nightstand:

The Wilding, by Ben Percy


2666 — Roberto Bolana

Lucky — Alice Sebold

The Dilettante — Edith Warton

The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives — Shankar Vedantam

Random Family — Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (started, got distracted)

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity — James Hansen


Very much in progress. I’ve had to do most of this by memory except for the most recent ones at the end. Huge gaps but you have to start somewhere. Talk about slanted toward male writers and a tilt toward the dystopic…yeesh. Would appreciate recommendations either to add to add to my “to read” list or to prompt my memory on what I might have read.


Clan of the Cave Bear (series) — Jean M. Auel

Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (etc.) — C. S. Lewis

Harriet the Spy — Louise Fitzhugh

Several books by Shel Silverstein

Bunnicula (yes, really, a story about a vampire rabbit) — Deborah and James Howe

Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain


Slaughterhouse Five — Kurt Vonnegut

The Scarlet Letter — Nathanial Hawthorne

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Ken Kesey

James Bond series — Ian Fleming

The Hunt for Red October — Tom Clancy

The Firm, The Pelican Brief — John Grisham

Jaws — Peter Benchley

Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton

The Hardy Boys series

1984, Animal Farm — George Orwell

The Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger

Fletch — Gregory McDonald

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series — Douglas Adams

The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Right Stuff — Tom Wolfe

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert Persig

For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea — Ernest Hemingway


Deliverance — James Dickey

Still Life with Woodpecker, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Skinny Legs and All, Another Roadside Attraction, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates — Tom Robbins

Jesus’ Son — Denis Johnson

Vineland — Thomas Pynchon

Joe — Larry Brown

Infinite Jest, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again — David Foster Wallace

Moby Dick — Herman Melville

Candide — Voltaire

Tortilla Curtain — T. C. Boyle

For Common Things — Jedediah Purdy

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — J. K. Rowling

Catch-22 — Joseph Heller

The Sportswriter — Richard Ford

Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day — David Sedaris

Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity — David Shields

The Culture of Fear — Barry Glassner

Driving Mr. Albert — Michael Parenti

Big Fish — Daniel Wallace

Pass the Butterworms — Tim Cahill

Malaria Dreams — Stuart Stevens

Lord of the Barnyard — Tristan Egolf

Fortunate Man — John Berger

Sounding for Cool — Don Morrill

Why Dogs Chase Cars and Work Shirts for Madmen — George Singleton

Skinny Dip — Carl Hiassen

Slow Man — J.M. Coetze

Into Thin Air — Jon Krakauer

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — Hunter S. Thompson

Hard Times — Studs Terkel

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America — Steve Almond

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men — James Agee and Walker Evans

Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs — Chuck Klosterman

Notes of a Native Son
— James Baldwin

The Boys of My Youth — Joanne Beard

Desert Solitaire — Edward Abbey

Ellen Foster — Kaye Gibbons

Fat City — Leonard Gardner

SunDog, Dalva, Wolf, Off to the Side, Legends of the Fall, Returning to Earth — Jim Harrison (interview here)

Pastoralia — George Saunders

Imaginary Friends — Alison Lurie

The Floating Opera and The End of the Road — John Barth

Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart

Apathy and Other Small Victories — Paul Neilan

White Noise, The Body Artist — Don Delillo

The Executive Director of the Fallen World — Liam Rector

Return to the City of White Donkeys — James Tate

Broken April — Ismail Kadare

Overlord — Jorie Graham

Out of Sheer Rage — Geoff Dyer

American Splendor: Unsung Hero — Harvey Pekar

Jesus Sound Explosion — Mark Curtis Anderson

Atonement — Ian McEwan

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers

Dear American Airlines — Jonathan Miles

The Road — Cormac McCarthy

Everything Matters! — Ron Currie, Jr.

Academic and Teaching (This is just a start and mostly a placeholder for later additions…obviously)

Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction — Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola, Brenda Miller

Bird by Bird — Anne Lamott

Pedagogy of the Oppressed — Paulo Freire

Fieldworking: Reading and Writing Research — Bonnie Sunstein & Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater

The New New Journalism — Robert Boynton


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